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Gov. Scott: Fort Lauderdale Area Created More Than 13,000 New Jobs Over the Year

Aug 17, 2018

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. — Today, Governor Rick Scott announced that the Fort Lauderdale area added 13,200 new private-sector jobs in the past year, continuing to be among the top five Florida metro areas for private-sector job growth. Fort Lauderdale’s unemployment rate remained a low 3.7 percent in July, down 0.4 percentage point from one year ago. Statewide, Florida businesses created 26,300 new jobs in July bringing the total number of new private-sector jobs created in Florida to nearly 1.6 million since December 2010.

To see the statewide job creation information, click here.

The industries with the highest growth over the year in Fort Lauderdale were professional and business services with 4,600 new jobs and construction with 3,800 new jobs. Fort Lauderdale remains among the top four metro areas in online job demand in Florida with 20,638 openings in July. Also, the area had the fourth-highest number of openings for high-skill, high-wage STEM occupations with 5,338 job ads.

As of July, Florida’s unemployment rate remained at a low of 3.7 percent, a drop of 7.1 percentage points since December 2010. This drop in unemployment is faster than the national decline of 5.4 percentage points. In the past year, 132,000 people entered Florida’s labor force, a growth of 1.3 percent, which is greater than the national labor force growth rate of 1.1 percent.

To view the July 2018 employment data visit www.floridajobs.org/labor-market-information/labor-market-information-press-releases/monthly-press-releases.

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